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El arpa y la sombra

Colombus was a selfish, br Rather interesting book; has that Latin American quality of combining life and death as one-in-the-same, where the mortal world is, while compiling of the afterlife to xombra, not necessarilly more important than it. Feb 12, Yolanda Chapa rated it it was ok Shelves: He was jailed csrpentier exiled and he lived for many years in France and Venezuela but returned to Cuba after the revolution. Jul 08, L. My last book of Carpentier Such conjecture on Carpentier’s part is highly plausible, for soon Columbus becomes a kind of glorified Amway salesman, traveling from court to court with his gaudy presentation about how he arpq make a lot of money for anyone who has the vision to back him.

Nice work by Carpentier, as usual the most advanced use of the Spanish language I have ever seen. Carpentiet rated it really liked it Jun 08, The last section alone is worth the price of time and commitment as it holds true today.

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It ends with his spirit watching the conclave vote. Rather interesting book; has that Latin American quality of combining life and death as one-in-the-same, where the mortal world is, while compiling of the afterlife to come, not necessarilly more important than it. Open Preview See a Problem? And, again, it was for the time it was published, but now the book feels a little bit flat as the truth of Colombus’ character is more widely known.

Published June by Alianza first published Alejo Carpentier, a Cuban who died in”invented magical realism,” according to Carlos Fuentes. The scene with witnesses is that great. Initially, I was reading with wrong expectations.

It will open your horizon, and you will discover treasures. When Columbus ventures north, he hears tales of a land across wombra ocean, a northerly land with bronze-skinned people paddling little boats made of animal skins.

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But he cannot base his file on this explicitly. He looks back on his life with a minimum of self-delusion and filters out most of the myth-making that followed his explorations. Still, it is only after he threatens to take his services elsewhere that she fronts him the million maravedis he needs to outfit the Santa Maria, the Nina and the Pinta. Although born in Switzerland, he grew up in Havana, Cuba, and strongly self-identified as Cuban throughout his life. Books by Alejo Carpentier.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A lot of books there are about Colon and its trip but this book creates an alucinated testimony from the same Colon and how its “glorious journey” almost is consequence of a betification process It is told in three parts Whereas the other Alejo Carpentier book I’ve read so far The Lost Steps or Los Pasos Perdidos was written with gargantuan paragraphs and it fit with the journey motif there, the same paragraphs here felt forced and lost meaning until the end.


Angela rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Jorge monge Fallas rated it it was amazing Feb 28, His pitch has nothing to do with discovering new worlds, everything to do with commerce. History tells us that Columbus was hardly a master seaman, and yet his fallibility did not undercut his pompousness, at least not in Carpentier’s portrait of Columbus’ ruminations on the lieutenants who question his abilities.

This adroit and involving novel, originally published in Cuba inprovides a look inside Darpentier Columbus’ head that is sure to add considerably to our understanding of an explorer who gets so much credit for such inglorious accomplishments.

We still argue about the validity of idolizing Christopher Columbus as the discoverer of the Americas, but teach it to our kids anyway. This side, which comes up with such lines as, ”But the true glory of Columbus was not that he reached land, but that he set sail,” does not win the argument.

Louis rated it it was ok Apr 30, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Mar 01, Lectora Incompredida rated it liked it.